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Artist Dónal Molloy-Drum was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. As a teenager he was introduced to the world of contemporary modern art at an international exhibition held in Dublin. Especially drawn to the assemblages by English artist Bill Woodrow he was driven to discover more.
He studied fine art, and majored in sculpture at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, graduating in 1988. Here he developed his love for steel and the workshop environment and was influenced by visiting artists such as Dorothy Cross, John Gibbon, John Behan and Vivienne Roche .
Dónal has also lived and worked in London, New York and Melbourne – primarily at his arts practice but also in the field of community arts and in the building industry.
He migrated to Australia in 1997 and became an Australian citizen in 2011. He lives and works at his Banyena studio in the Wimmera region of Victoria. He is a regular exhibitor and his work can be found in both public and private collections worldwide, including Microsoft Dublin, South Dublin County Council, the Australian Air Force Canberra and Horsham Rural City Council.
Dónal is a member of Horsham Rural City Councils public art policy committee and is a supporter and advocate for the promotion of regional art in Australia.